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More about research funding

We have previously written that the Faculty and the departments must cut costs. Now it’s The Research Council’s turn. In Khrono (, Nobel Prize winners Moser and Moser warn for the effects of funding cuts. They are shocked and they are not alone. Khrono writes: In order to save NOK 842 million this year and next year, it is proposed, among other things, to reduce the allocations this year by 20 per cent, not to announce funds for ground breaking research (Fripro) next year and postpone the start of new Centers of excellence”. In addition, there are proposals to postpone the funding of research infrastructure.

How should we handle this as a department? I think it is important to apply for funding from the Research Council even if the “eye of the needle” is even narrower than before. Furthermore, we must look for alternative sources of funding. Here, Horizon Europe stands out as a great opportunity. While Norway cuts research funding, the EU will invest 95.5 billion Euros in Horizon Europe (2021-2027)!

The research department arranged an information day on 13 May where the application possibilities were explained, and they are many and organized in 3 pillars

  1. Excellent science (ERC scholarship, Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility program)
  2. Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, where, among other things, Health is one of the programs
  3. Innovative Europe

Horizon Europe has a special focus on adaptation to climate change, cancer, climate-neutral smart cities, healthy seas and lakes, soil health and food

Here are opportunities to apply that we pursue. The Research Department at UiB and our research advisers are ready to help.

I’ll make Nike’s slogan my own: just do it!


Eystein Husebye

Vice Head, K2

Springtime for teaching & learning

At K2, we take pride in providing excellent education. The teaching and learning activities that we contribute to are important for the educational programmes for Medicine, Pharmacy, Odontology, Nutrition and some others. In order to enable continuation of the excellence in education for which we are known, we need good teachers with up-to-date knowledge within their field – but also within the field of teaching and learning. Therefore, we wish to see as many as possible of you at the Teaching Day on Wednesday May 18th at Auditorium AHH (half-day from lunch). Register and meet up for lunch with good colleagues, inspirational talks and discussion about teaching and learning – and meet the winner of the K2 Teaching Award!

It is time for rotation of the UGLE positions. All teaching groups should propose their UGLE and vice UGLE by the UGLE meeting Tuesday May 3rd at 08-09 am. UGLEs will be invited by email.

UiB will support projects intended to strengthen research and education associated with digitalization by 1 million NOK. Project proposals must be signed by Eystein Husebye and delivered to MED by April 27th.

NBS Science and Social of April 2022

Join us for the NBS Science and Social of April 2022! The NBS S&S series is bimonthly event that combines a lecture held by researchers from Bergen, with a social event for NBS members. This month the Science part will be an online lecture by Prof. Charalampos Tzoulis, Dep. of Neurology, UiB, and the social part will be a game night (everyone is invited!) at Gimmikk in skostredet in Bergen. See below for more information. Hope to see you there!

NBS Science (Zoom webinar):

Title: NAD replenishment therapy for Parkinson’s disease: from the bench to the bedside

Speaker: Charalampos Tzoulis, Department of Neurology, UiB

Tuesday April 26th at 14.30 (Open for all!)

Zoom Meeting ID: 662 5637 2254

Passcode: 39692239

A link to the zoom meeting will also be posted on out web page at the day of the event:

NBS Social (Open for all – bring a friend!):

Get to know us! Game night, 19:00 @ Gimmikk Bar & Arkade (Østre Skostredet 12, Bergen)

Join us at Gimmikk to socialize with other NBS-members! You don’t have to be a NBS member to join this event, bring a friend for some drinks, games and fun! For more information about the event, visit the NBS Bergen facebook page or group, or our webpage:


Finally – the Solstrand Strategy Seminar

Right now, many of us are assembled at what has been a highly successful seminar. Vice dean Marit Bakke and hospital director Eivind Hansen met a well-prepared panel for a debate regarding collaboration between the university and the hospital. We have also learnt how we can improve our presentation of our research in the media – another important arena. Not least, we have just plainly had a nice time together, those of us who are here. Having a nice time together is also important: Friendship fosters trust and collaboration and lead to improved research and education.








The library – more than just articles

The University library  offers several useful services in addition to retrieving and printing papers that we do not get hold of ourselves. They offer guidance in literature searching for systematic reviews and PhD theses as well as how to handle references (including individual guidance for master- and bachelorstudents), contact In addition, they can help you on the way to making your research accessible in line with Open Science requirements. They may help you in developing a Data Management Plan (contact Open Science is becoming a more frequent requirement and the library offers courses in how to publish open access (contact


Your face outward needs a touch-up

We are announcing a competition among the research groups for the best website (see details in this week’s K2-nes). The winners will be announced at the strategy seminar at Solstrand. Researchers, journalists, patients and others use our websites to find out about research, teaching and innovation at our department.

What do they find if they look us up today? Overall, pages with major shortcomings. People who no longer work here are posted in group photos, projects are not up to date, there is no English translation, and many items are missing.

We have an enormous potential for improvement – to show a “better face” to the outside world. You and your research group now have the opportunity for a “kick start” and competition against the others. Websites are like vegetables and fruit – they need to be fresh. Former employees must be taken “off the poster”, new ones must appear, news must be published and disseminated.

We simply have to interact with the outside world in a better way

Grap the chance, gather your group and update your pages!

Good weekend, when the time comes

Eystein Husebye
Deputy Director

Interested in innovation? Get up to NOK 500 000 and help to develop your idea

Good ideas occur everywhere at the University of Bergen, and with UiB idé students and researchers  can test and develop their innovation ideas. Students can get up to NOK 100 000, and researchers NOK 500 000. You will also get advice from professional advisers. The application deadline is March 15th. Read more about the program at and join the information webinar on February 7th. Students can also register for the UiB idé vors on February 14th. This year you can also apply for a maximum of NOK 25 000 through UiB tidleg idé, and applications are received all year.

Invitation to seminar: UiB AI #1 How AI helped solve Protein Folding – and why it matters

The UiB AI Steering Group welcomes you to a seminar on February 24th at 10am in the University Aula.  The seminar lasts until 11:30 and there will be lunch and discussions 11:30-12:00.

This is the first in a series of seminars on artificial intelligence at UiB. The seminars will be a meeting point across departments and fields of research, where different examples on the use of AI in research will be presented.

On February 24th, Inge Jonassen (Department of informatics) and Nathalie Reuter (Department of Chemistry) will speak to us on how AI helped solve Protein Folding – and why it matters.

Since participation is physical and we will order food, we ask all participants to register via the link on the seminar web page. You will find more information about the seminar and registration link here:

How AI helped solve Protein Folding – and why it matters | UiB AI | UiB


TMS Starting Grant

Trond Mohn Research Foundation (TMS) has announced a new round of TMS Starting Grant with final deadline 8. March (more info here). Since there are restrictions in the number of candidates each department can nominate, we kindly ask interested applicants to send a 1-2 page sketch describing the candidate, the project and the research environment in addition to the candidate’s CV (TMS asks for a maximum 3-page CV listing the most important and relevant publications).

The internal deadline is 18 February. You can send the sketch and CV to with Pål Njølstad, Silke Appel and Mia Holmaas on copy.

Please note that this fellowship provides an opportunity to recruit external candidates something the foundation and the Faculty of Medicine strongly encourage.

Trial lecture Anders Madsen – February 11th 2022

Trial lecture:                         February 11th at 09:15

Place:                              Lenke til digital prøveforelsning

Subject:                “SARS-CoV-2: lessons learned from influenza regarding correlates of protection and immunological imprinting”

Evaluation commitee:

Professor Anke Huckriede, University Medical Center, Groningen, Nederland
Professor Guus Rimmelzwaan, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Tyskland
Professor Harald G. Wiker, Universitetet i Bergen, Klinisk institutt 2, komiteens leder

Custos: professor emerita Birgitta Åsjø

Open for all.

Dissertation Calum Leitch – February 11th

Calum Leitch – Foto/ill.: Spiros Kotopoulis

Trial lecture:      Friday 11th of February at 10:15

Place:      Auditorium B-302, Haukeland universitetssjukehus, Jonas Lies vei 65.

Subject:     «Precision medicine strategies for AML»

Disputas:                    Friday 11th of February at 10:15 

Place     Auditorium B-302, Haukeland universitetssykehus, Jonas Lies vei 65.

Title:      “Dentification and development of small molecule therapies for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia”

  1. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Kim Theilgaard-Mønch, Universitetet i København
  2. opponent: Professor Gunhild Mari Mælandsmo, Oslo Universitetssykehus
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis, Nils Halberg, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: Bernt Bøgvald Aarli.

Open for all


Link to digital dissertation.

Dissertation Umael Khan – February 11th.

Trial lecture:      Friday , February 11th at 10:15

Place:       Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28.

Subject:    «Myocardial strain in the different chambers: normal reference values and clinical applicability in adults»

Dissertation: :                    Friday , February 11th at 12:15

Place:    Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28.


  “The impact of image acquisition and processing parameters on speckle tracking echocardiography in neonates”

  1. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Assami Røsner, Universitetet i Tromsø
  2. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Tor Biering-Sørensen, Universitetet i København
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis Peter Schuster, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos:  professor Stig Urheim.

Open for all.


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This weeks editorial

Dear all of you!

Do you/your research group/teaching group know someone who has excelled in 2021, either on the research front (publication, research/innovation environment, PhD work, dissemination) or in terms of teaching? The Faculty of Medicine has announced several awards for 2021, so now you have the chance to nominate colleagues/environment (or yourself!). The categories are


  • Publication of the Year
  • Research group/innovation of the year
  • PhD work of the year
  • Award for outstanding research dissemination
  • Teaching award (There are no specific price categories, but a main price of NOK 150,000 and up to two more awards of NOK 50,000 each are awarded! )

We from K2 can put forward a candidate in each category, so do not hesitate to submit proposals (with justification) by Monday 7 February. More detailed information can be found here  

Proposal for Publication/PhD/Group/Dissemination

Proposal for Teaching awards

Invitation SDG Conference Bergen



To all employees.

We are approaching the fifth annual SDG Conference Bergen – hosted by UiB on the 9th to the 11th of February.

Like last year, the conference will be digital and free to attend. In 2021 the conference had over 2600 participants from more than 100 countries!

We will also repeat the success of arranging Day Zero to kick off the SDG Conference Bergen on the 9th of February.

On Day Zero, you can attend a number of very interesting seminars and workshops, all with different approaches to sustainability. If you teach students, many of the events could also be relevant to attend with your students. Perhaps the day’s lecture could be to attend one or several workshops?

There are more than 30 events to choose from, and the topics are varied. Take a look at the programme for Day Zero here:

This year’s fully digital conference also provides us with new opportunities to present emerging and important research by motivated PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows addressing the conference themes. We invite all those interested – from any disciplinary field – to send in digital posters on your research, relevant to the theme of the conference, before February 1st.  Read more here.

I hope you will enjoy the SDG Conference Bergen.


With best regards

Rector Margareth Hagen

Call for Applications Åsgard programme 2022




This programme is composed of four different calls:
Deadline 31st of January 2022.

  • Åsgard-Research is designed for researchers willing to develop collaborations between France and Norway. It funds a one-week stay in France, allowing the researcher to meet counterparts in universities and research institutions.
  • Åsgard-Innovation is designed for professionals working in technology transfer structures, clusters etc. and aims at exchanging best practices as well as creating new collaborations. It funds a one-week stay in France to meet relevant counterparts.
  • Åsgard-Staff is designed for professionals working in research administration in universities, research centers and funding agencies, in particular EU advisers. It aims at exchanging best practices as well as creating new collaborations. It funds a one-week stay in France to meet relevant counterparts.
  • Åsgard-Research+ is designated for researchers and professionnals from the innovation sector who have been laureate of the Åsgard-Research programme, the PHC Aurora, wishing to carry out a research project with a French partner. It funds a one-week stay in France for a team.

Please note: Considering the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be possible to complete your mobility in virtual format.

Feel free to contact us for more information regarding this programme and to share this call!

Information and application

Best regards,

The Institut français in Norway – Science Department

T +47 23 20 30 05


A new financial everyday life

We are unfortunately heading into a time of a new financial everyday life. There will be permanent cuts in the basic allocation to our faculty. The framework for the basic allocation for 2021 was 718 MNOK. The reduction in the framework for the faculty from and including 2022 is as much as 50 MNOK.

The reasons for this significant cut are many. A main cause is the reorganization of the pension calculation, which is determined by KUD. In addition, KUD has reduced the allocation to the universities as part of the reorganization of the financial systems and the expectation of streamlining. In addition, there will be increased expenses for UiB due to increased room rent and expected savings due to more use of open access. The faculty takes a large part of the 50 MNOK, but the departments still get a significant cut. This is calculated on the basis of the size of the basic grant, and for some of the amounts this includes BOA. Since K2 is the largest department, we get the biggest cut, twice as much as the other departments. The amount is stipulated to be 6.3 MNOK per year.

Political efforts are being made through various channels to reduce the cuts from KUD. We can hope that this reverses a part of it, but it will still be a new economic everyday life for all universities in Norway.

What to do with this? We must increase revenues and reduce costs by a similar amount. Is this possible? Yes, I think so, but it will be demanding, and everyone must contribute. A main goal is that we should not revoke positions. We will nevertheless increase research, education, innovation and dissemination.

To increase revenue, we must increase the BOA. This is one of K2’s strongest cards. We can do this! But, we must be even better at making good applications and directing them where there is the greatest opportunity for grants. I think there is a great potential in EU funds, and this will be discussed at the 2nd K2 Retreat at Solstrand February 24-25. We can create courses for continuing education of various professions and make money on these courses. We must help students complete their studies and not drop out. If UiB gets a breakthrough for Vestlandslegen, this will give a boost to our funding.

But we must also cut costs. How can we work better for less money? Area efficiency is a great opportunity. Here we have to think innovatively. My office at the old Department of Pediatrics had approx. 20 shelf meters with binders. All this had to be shrunk to 1 shelf meter when moving to Glasblokkene. It was a demanding exercise, but it worked. The most interesting thing, however, is that after 5 years I have not yet used the papers even in this meter. Some may have a greater need, but most can manage with a PC and an monitor. The laboratories are very important for translation research, but here too we must think new. Much of the research is done on platforms and on a computer today, and it is possible to share bench space with others. In the administration, we must reduce personnel costs. Specialist teams have been introduced. And the introduction of new personnel and finance systems must eventually pay off.

These were some thoughts on how we can cope with the challenging measures and hopefully come out stronger, but I also need good suggestions from you. The first opportunity will be at the 2nd K2 Retreat. We will have a separate session on the economy there.

Have a great weekend!


Public defence – Libin Shi , February 3rd. 2022

Foto/ill.: Nan Wang



Prøveforelesning:    03 – februar 2022 kl. 10.15

Sted:                                Auditorium B-301, Haukeland Universitetssykehus, Jonas Liesvei 65.

Oppgitt emne:                 «Sudden cardiac death, causes and prevention»

Disputas:                  03 – februar 2022 kl. 12.15

Sted:                                Auditorium B-301, Haukeland Universitetssykehus, Jonas Liesvei 65.

Avhandlingens tittel:       “Pulmonary vein isolation in treatment of atrial fibrillation using radiofrequency or cryoballoon ablation: factors associated with better clinical outcomes”

  1. opponent: Professor Mats Jensen-Urstad, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  2. opponent: Professor Jan Pål Loennechen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis Dana Cramariuc, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Valeriya Lyssenko.

Åpent for alle interesserte


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